Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ocean Collages

I love teaching in an arts integrated school.  This year, I haven't been able to put as much into my AI lessons as I would like.  I'm trying to do better.  Last  week we studied the ocean and animals that live in the ocean.  We ended the week creating an amazing ripped paper collage.  It turned out so much better than I imagined!  The kids loved the lesson and it was a great way to wrap up our mini-unit.  (And it was a great fine motor activity!)

We started off by selecting an ocean animal and 2 different colors of paper.  Students ripped the colored paper into small pieces.  They had to glue the small pieces onto their animal shape.  Students were given the option to use the template or to create their own shape using the ripped paper.  The students really liked the option of using the template.  It made laying out their design much easier.  Here's a few pictures of students glueing their paper pieces onto their template.

After all of the pieces were glued down, they cut out the animal shapes.

After everyone finished their individual collages, they added their pieces together to create a class collage.  After the student pieces were added, a few students added some seaweed to make the habitat more complete.

This is my favorite part of the collage.  The student who made the seahorse knew it liked to hide in the seaweed, so she placed the seaweed around it.  Then she curled the strips to make it 3 dimensional.



  1. This is so cute! I actually did a very similar craft with a student I did homebound instruction with. It was great because she could rip the paper to create the seaweed and I had helped cut out a fish from a picture she had colored before, oh - and we made an octopus by tearing paper for his eight legs. Love the way this turned out!

    I have a new special ed blog if you would like to check it out - Breezy Special Ed

  2. Love this! A great way to wrap up a unit on the ocean. I'll have to remember this for when I'm back in kindergarten next year!
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy klass


© One Room Schoolhouse | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig